Kunisada: Beauty with Bamboo Branch (Sold)

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Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865)
Title: Beauty Bamboo Branch
Series: Edo Meisho Hyakunin Bijyo: Famous Places in Edo Compared with 100 Beauties
Date: 2/1858 (censor’s date seal: 2nd Month of Horse Year)

We see a beauty with unbound hair and a folded fan holding a bamboo branch. Perhaps she has just returned from a festival? Her kimono features plovers against shibori waves. Inset is a cartouche with place name “Kagami Pond” 

In the koma-e (cartouche)is Kagami Pond, which is signed by Kunihisa, who lived with Kunisada in Yanagishima, just north of Kameido Shrine, after he married Kunisada’s daughter, Okatsu, in 1852.

Condition: Excellent impression. Very good color and condition. Binding holes along left side. Unbacked.
Dimensions: ôban (37.3 x 25.7 cm)
Publisher: Maruya Kyushiro
Seal: Censor’s date seal: 2nd Month of Horse Year (1858)
Signature: Toyokuni ga